Happy May, everyone! As we approach the end of the school year, I am simply amazed at all that the Lord has done over the past 9 months. All of the children have grown academically, spiritually, physically, and socially. Much of the year, I have individually counseled many of the kids and have seen miraculous growth. We are so proud of the kids and all of their effort this school year. I also can’t say enough about our staff at the village, school, clinic, office, and church. We are blessed with some of the finest people in the world to love and serve these kids.
As you all know, we just celebrated Mother’s Day, and we have some very special mommies to celebrate. The way that our village works is that we have both paid Honduran women and volunteers from the U.S. and Canada that help care for our kids at the different homes where they live. It really is special when you find a mother that truly loves her children and has the “mothering anointing”. However, it is a wonderful thing to find women who love children that are not their own, as though they were their own. On Mother’s Day, we honored 19 very special women that live with our kids and serve them as mommies. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task. Being mom to so many children is a challenge, but it is not by their own strength that they accomplish this task, but instead through the anointing and grace of God. If it were not for these precious women of God, our kids would not be who they are today. We are so thankful for the presence of these beautiful women of God in this ministry. Our request is that as you lift up our children in your prayers, please also remember the wonderful women (and men) that care for them daily, washing their clothes, serving their meals, doing homework with them, counseling them, praying with them, and being mom in every way.
Fifteen of our mommies were able to join us at the Flamingos Restaurant for a Mother’s Day lunch. While the mommies were having lunch, our older teen boys and girls went to the village to baby sit the kids. When we returned to the village to bring the mommies back, we found that lunch had been served, the kitchen cleaned, and all children happily playing outside. Our teens did a great job being older brothers and sisters!
The biggest news this month however, is our newest arrivals, Dunia age 2 and Victoria age 3 (pictured on page 3). How we got them is nothing short of a God ordained miracle. Oscar drove up to the village of Los Flores to visit the coffee farm and stopped at the home of the Ramos family. Two very small girls were there. The family explained the 85 year old father of the girls had passed away the night before. The mother is not mentally well and often roams the streets of the village naked. She was completely incapable of caring for the girls. So, both of the girls were given into our custody that day. Dunia, who just turned 2 in March, can neither walk nor stand on her own. She came into the clinic to have her physical and has pneumonia, severe malnourishment, and severe parasites. Victoria has parasites, malnourishment, and pink eye. The doctor expects that with proper nourishment and care, both girls should make a quick recovery. Please keep both of these precious new members of our family in prayer. If you would like to sponsor one of these girls, please contact our Portland office at firstname.lastname@example.org They should be on our web page very soon.
The construction of the new school is progressing splendidly! Another wonderful thing is seeing this construction process turn our boys into young men. Each day, the boys that live at the teen boys’ home have an after school job working a few hours at the construction site. They are excited, because they get paid. We are also excited, because we feel that they are learning very valuable work skills and ethics. Mary recently asked the boys that if one day they could build their own home, could they do that. They all responded, “Yeah, no problem!” God, through the hearts of many very generous donors and friends of this ministry, continues to provide for the need. Nothing is too great for HIM! To that end, we know that HIS plans for this school are great, so we ask for your continued prayers that HIS kingdom come and HIS will be done through the school and the entire ministry. It is always exciting to see what God will do!
Summer Camp Help Needed!
In faith believing, we are still planning for our Summer Camp at the village that will officially start on June 11th, even though no funds have come in for this program so far. Each year, we try to plan activities for our kids to do during the very long 9 weeks of summer vacation. The reasons for the program are numerous, but above all, boredom is one of the greatest factors in poor behavior. We need to provide recreation for our kids throughout this time. Each year we usually hire an individual that is a camp director that plans out the daily activities for the kids. Fridays are usually outings such as the beach, the water park and even the movies. Daily activities include devotionals, art camp, sports camp, drama camp, and projects around the home. The cost of the camp will be $3,500. If you would like to donate toward this project, please contact our office at email@example.com.
—Oscar & Amy Serrano